Valborg drinking

I brought some extra tasty water mixed with mash&beetpulp to the pasture today and the ponies went nuts for it.๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐ŸŒฑ

Itโ€™s Valborg today in Sweden, which basically means that everyone is out partying, except me.๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธโœจ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ˜‚

Valborg is an old Pagan holiday which celebrates the arrival of spring.๐ŸŒธโœจ Itโ€™s a really big deal here in Uppsala and there are lots of fun and weird activities such as paddling down the river on homemade floats๐ŸŒŠ, lunch in the park๐ŸŒฎ, music๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ, partying๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿผ and then they end the evening with an enormous bonfire.๐Ÿ”ฅ

Remember to stay hydrated people.๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿฅ›

Shahina and I went for a walk with Mom and Nipeta for about 30 minutes and I had fun small talking, listening to music, filming, looking at bonfires and trying to keep Shahina from stopping every two meters to eat grass. ๐Ÿ˜‚

I also took Arshaq for a little walk, just to move him around a little and he was very well behaved, which was so nice. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

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Lovisedalsritten 2018

A lot of happy tears today.๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’›

My baby Arshaq, 5 years old, completed his very first 40km qualification ride and my Queen Shahina, 26 years old, did an amazing job babysitting.๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ†

I am so incredibly proud of both of them and I am so grateful to be able to share this particular ride with my mom, who did a wonderful job riding Shahina.๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐Ÿฆ„ It feels so special to start Arshaqโ€™s career here at Lovisedalsritten.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโœจ It was at this venue that Shahina and I completed our very first endurance ride together 10 years ago.๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ† This is where it all began.๐Ÿ’›

A big thank you to my hardworking team and sponsors for helping make our dreams come true.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโœจ Thank you @ludiv_in_space for being a lifesaver and helping so much today!!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’›

Also, a big thank you to my farrier @halsopedagoghastmanniska for shoeing so perfectly!

Last but not least, a million thank you hugs to our equitherapist @susanneqeriksson for helping my Queen to be blessed with this many adventures.๐Ÿ’› There is no way Shahina would ever have stayed this terrific without @susanneqeriksson and I couldnโ€™t be prouder! ๐Ÿฆ„โœจ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’›

What a special day to remember!๐Ÿ’›

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Late evenings

Longs days at the stable.๐Ÿ’›

Adam and I got to the stable quite early today to get some energy out of Arshaq.๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ’› We started of by working from the ground for 15 minutes before riding dressage with a lot of trotting for about 45 minutes.๐Ÿ’›โœจ We also cantered a tiny bit, which both Arshaq and I thought was very fun and great.๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ’›โœจ Arshaq started off our session by being a little too energetic but there were no major issues, so both Adam and I were very pleased with Baby today.๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฆ

We then finished off our session by taking a nice 15 minute walk around the fields and Adam came along as company.๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’จ๐ŸŒค It was nice enjoying the sunshine together.โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป We celebrated by letting Arshaq graze while we untacked before letting him back out into the pasture.๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿฆ

After lunch, my dad and I went and picked up @ludiv_in_space and we brought her for a walk around the fields and then down to one of the lakes.๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿฆ† She rode Shahina, I walked with Popgun, Mom rode an excited Nipeta and @stina_hermansson rode her adorable Pernod.๐Ÿ’›

It was really nice going and talking while walking for almost 2 hours and we didnโ€™t even get rained on so much, which was an added bonus!โ˜”๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฆ I really appreciated learning more about what it is like riding in France! ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท It sounds really exciting! Makes me wish I had listened better during all those years of French lessons in school!๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ˜‚ One of my big dreams is to someday ride Fontainebleau.๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ’›

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Energy Baby

Arshaq had a lot of extra energy today. ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ฆโšก๏ธ๐Ÿฆ

He has been acting so grown up and extremely well behaved in the past 2 weeks since the natural horsemanship clinic.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโœจ So I expected nothing less from him today when we went out to start our session by trotting up by hand for about 20 minutes.๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ’› But Baby had other plans and had fun trying to sprint instead of trotting and was more focused on prancing around than listening to me.๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ In hindsight, I shouldโ€™ve known better because he always gets excited after resting two days in a row.๐Ÿฆโšก๏ธ I know that rest is important so I will need to find ways to deal with this.๐Ÿ˜–

He eventually calmed down a little after doing some groundwork, so we saddled up and went for a 30 minute walk around the fields with Adam along as backup.๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธโœจ I then got off and we let him eat a little grass, as a reward and to get his tummy used to it.๐Ÿฆ๐ŸŒฑ

I then went back to walking around and working on stopping and backing up, which is our homework from the natural horsemanship clinic.๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“– Once he, yet again, had gotten back to the point where he wasnโ€™t dancing around or looking for monsters in the bushes, we decided to finish up.๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฆ

I had planned on getting on again and trotting out some more of the energy, but by then it was getting really late and I was starving.๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ‘€

So todayโ€™s session wasnโ€™t perfect but I am so grateful for Adamโ€™s patience while waiting for me and I am happy that we still have two more days to get our ducks back into a row before Sundayโ€™s race.๐Ÿฆ†๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ†

I learn something new everyday with my Arshaq.๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ’›

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To ride or not to ride

โ€œTo ride, or not to ride, that is the question.โ€๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿฆ„๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธโ˜”๏ธ๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ”ฎ

We decided to wait until the worst of the rain was over until we went out. The plan was to hopefully manage to stay reasonably dry for a 2 hour walk, which we almost managed!๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

@matildanilssson_ rode Shahina, @mercedesschon rode Charlie, I walked along with Popgun by hand and @catschon followed along as our personal bodyguard.๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŽ ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿšฟ I didnโ€™t get too cold but I must say, they rain is better appreciated from inside.๐Ÿ˜‚

Did it rain on you guys today as well?๐Ÿ™Ž๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธโ˜”๏ธ

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Race Preparation

Arshaq and Shahina got new racing shoes from our farrier @halsopedagoghastmanniska today in preparation for their endurance race on Sunday.๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ โœจ

We are so lucky to have him because he always spends extra time making sure that everything looks perfect.๐Ÿ”จ๐Ÿ’Ž

Afterwards, our equine physiotherapist @susanneqeriksson also stopped by and looked over all my ponies.๐ŸŒธโœจ

Her experienced eyes are always appreciated, especially before and after racing.๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ€

I am very happy to see that Popgun still looks so fresh and energetic after last weekendโ€™s race and that Arshaq is now looking competition ready and much more evenly muscled since I bought his new dressage saddle.๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฆ

We are always trying to do the best for our unicorns.๐Ÿ’›

#QOTD When is your next competition?๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ†

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Packing list

Now that we are back from Kristinehamn, it is time to start thinking about next weekend’s adventure. We are going to Lovisedalsritten where Mom and Shahina are going to help me and Arshaq ride Arshaq’s first 40km qualification ride.

I feel like I need to specialize my packing list since we are bringing two horses and will need to bring more with less space. So I will need to plan wisely.

Arshaq

Arshaq Spare

  • ELT cinch 70 cm
  • Gray cinch
  • Green fluffy
  • Yellow biothane stirrup leathers
  • Saddle pad – Blue & Darkblue & yellow by Exclusive Horsewear
  • 4 extra fluffies
  • Lightblue bridle
  • Good grip Lightblue reins
  • Silver Martingalefork
  • 2 rings
  • Reflectorvest
  • 2 Orange leg protectors for front
  • Blue Jumping backleg protectors
  • Spare horseshoes and pads

Shahina

Shahina Spare

General

  • Showsheen
  • Plastic gloves
  • Vetwrap
  • Garmin pulsemeeter
  • Polar pulsemeeter
  • Scrapers
  • Buckets
  • Sponges
  • Scoops
  • Hay
  • Feed
  • Salt
  • Carrots
  • Water container
  • Stable bag for the saddle pads

Ella

Ella Spare

Mom

  • Riding gloves
  • Working gloves
  • Buff
  • Shirt
  • GPS
  • Back on track helmet
  • Jacket
  • Hoofpick
  • Cellphone
  • Riding Pants
  • Riding socks
  • Shoes
  • Number plate

Mom spare

  • Riding gloves
  • Pants
  • Shirts
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • GPS
  • Jackets

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Running laps

Back home to my baby Arshaq.๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฐ Apparently Arshaq has been having fun running laps in the pasture today but he was happy to do 20 minutes of light dressage and then 20 minutes of walking outside around the summer pastures.๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผโœจ

Adam came along as company and brought some apples.๐Ÿ๐Ÿ– We spent a little extra time practicing walking up the little sandpit.๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ‘

It was fun because it felt like great practice for the more technical competitions to come in the future.๐Ÿž๐Ÿ† Sponsored by ๐Ÿ‘‘@exclusivehorsewear๐Ÿ‘‘ and ๐Ÿ€@tech_stirrups๐Ÿ€

Poppy loves

Popgun loves endurance competitions!๐Ÿ’›

1) You get to run as much as you like in new and exciting places(as long as your rider isnโ€™t holding you back).๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’จ

2) You get to eat lots and lots of yummy food(the messier the better).๐Ÿฅ•๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿต๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ’ฆ

3) You get a whole lot of attention from lots of people (it helps a lot apparently if you donโ€™t drool on anyone, specially not veterinarians or judges.)๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ†โœจ

4) You get to look at lots of pretty mares(and hope your human doesnโ€™t tell Shahina).๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ’›

5) Sometimes they have little trees to jump over out on the track!(But why wasnโ€™t I allowed to jump them as fast as I could?)๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ’จ

Popgun and I took it nice and easy and passed yesterdayโ€™s 80*km with flying colors.๐ŸŽ ๐Ÿ’จ Thank you @anitaoldenburg for the wonderful company.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโœจ I have felt so nervous after Popgunโ€™s accident up in Rรคttvik in January but now we finally feel ready for 120**km.๐ŸŽ ๐Ÿ†

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